Advanced Imaging Core Facility


Advanced Imaging Core Facility (AICF) was established at Skoltech in September 2018. AICF includes wide range of equipment such as electron microscopes: scanning (dual-beam FEI Helios G4 Plasma FIB Uxe and low-vacuum FEI Quattro S) and transmission (FEI Titan Themiz Z) as well as equipment for sample preparation (Struers LaboPol, LectroPol-5, TenuPol-5, MultiPrep, Ion Beam Milling, etc.).

Nowadays, transmission electron microscopy is one of the most powerful techniques for structural and analytical analysis of the wide range of materials, such as metals, alloys, powders, coatings, and many other materials. Comprehensive information about crystal structure, type of defects, qualitative and quantitative chemical composition and other information can be obtained using various electron microscopy techniques, such as HRTEM, STEM, EFTEM, EELS, EDX, etc.

The main tasks of AICF are to support research performed at Skoltech, as well as to perform research projects on the material investigation using scanning and transmission microscopy for customers from Skolkovo ecosystem and external customers.

Head of AICF - Dr. Shakhova Yaroslava


Kirsanova Maria, Ph.D. in chemistry


  1. Microstructure investigation of metallic and nanostructured materials, morphology and particle size, investigation of the coatings
  2. Investigation of defects in crystalline materials
  3. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of the elemental composition using EDX
  4. Nanomechanics
  5. Local elemental composition analysis using EELS and EDX
  6. 3D visualization of particles, second phase particles or inclusions
  7. Sample preparation using focused ion beam (FIB) for transmission electron microscopy
  8. Sample preparation for transmission electron microscopy in O2- and H2O-free atmosphere
  9. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of the phase composition, investigation of the unit cell parameters and the crystal structure of the materials
  10. Technical consulting, training


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Current projects

Internal (Skoltech customers):

  1. Investigation of the crystal structure and chemical composition of cathode materials using electron transmission microscopy (2019, supervisor A.A. Abakumov)
  2. Investigation of the crystal structure and chemical composition of cathode materials using electron transmission microscopy (2019, supervisor E.V. Antipov)
  3. Investigation of the lithium-conducting composite polymer membranes for flow cells using scanning electron microscopy (2019, supervisor K.J. Stevenson)
  4. Multilayer coatings investigation by scanning electron microscopy (2019, supervisor A. Korsunsky)
  5. Investigation of the ITO using scanning electron microscopy (2019, supervisor S. Kosolobov)


External (non-Skoltech customers):

  1. Investigation of the particles of colloidal gold in the composition of the sediment top drain countercurrent decantation after the process of bacterial and chemical oxidation (2018-2019)
  2. Investigation of the elemental composition of samples (areas of attachment of individual parts on the decoration) by the method of energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy using a scanning electron microscope (2019)
  3. Crystal structure investigation of inorganic materials with transmission electron microscopy (2019)
  4. Crystal structure investigation of electrode materials and catalysts using transmission electron microscopy (2019)



  1. Order on establishment of the Advanced Imaging Core Facility
  2. List of equipment
  3. Services and tariffs
  4. Draft of the contract for providing services